A. L. Beier is a professor of history and department chair at Illinois State University. He is author of Masterless Men: The Vagrancy problem in England, 1560-1640 and co-editor of London, 1500-1700: The Making of the Metropolis Paul Ocobock is currently a PhD student in the History Department at Princeton University.
"This impressive collection of essays on vagrancy, homelessness, and poverty has truly global historical dimensions. It covers seven centuries and five continents, has a superb introductory overview, and is comparative social history at its best. It deserves to have a wide readership." Robert Tignor - author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart